How cash, clout transform Chicago nei...

How cash, clout transform Chicago neighborhoods

There are 6 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jan 27, 2008, titled How cash, clout transform Chicago neighborhoods. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Neighbors call it "the French Embassy." The new, 8,200-square-foot mansion is by far the biggest house on the 1800 block of North Wood Street, leaving Fred Ehle's four-bedroom home next door in its shadow.

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Ken Tyler


#1 Dec 9, 2008
This is not any different that the situation the Governor is in, they should all be investigated to the fullest extent of the LAW
Richard Z

Round Lake, IL

#2 Dec 21, 2008
Rep. Fritchey:'I shopped around'
October 14, 2008
"State Rep. John Fritchey" says he goes to his brother-in-law's bank for the good deals.

Last year, the North Side Democrat put $275,000 from his campaign funds into CDs at Belmont Bank & Trust, owned by his wife's brother, James J. Banks.

Then, last December, the bank gave Fritchey and his wife, Karen, a one-year, adjustable-rate mortgage for $491,000 on their Lincoln Park home. The Fritcheys already had two other mortgages on their home -- a 30-year mortgage for $435,000 and a line of credit for $300,000, both from the Bank of America.

Bank of alderman's nephew lends millions to his wife
Fritchey declined to say why he got a third mortgage on his home -- he now owes more than $1.2 million on the home he bought 11 years ago for $557,000. "My personal finances are, by definition, personal," he said.

But Fritchey did say there was no connection between the mortgage he got and the campaign cash he deposited in the bank.

"I shopped around where to invest my campaign funds," he said. "And if I'm going to take on any personal obligation, I'm going to shop that around as well."

"State Rep. John Fritchey" I'm a reformer really!! John Kass

Chicago, IL

#3 Jan 23, 2009
State Rep. John fritchey is a case study in the way the Chicago Machine works, yes the same machine Patrick Fitzgerald talks about all the time. Read the Tribune Neighborhoods for Sale investigation series and learn about State rep. john Fritchey. State Representative John fritchey is a zoning change lawyer. State Representative John fritchey is the nephew-in-law of City Council Zoning Chairman Bill Banks. John fritchey recently deposited $200,000 in Belmont Bank & Trust, telling the press they had the highest rate. Find out who is on the board of directors.

State Representative John fritchey does not want you to know he is a corrupt zoning change lawyer and political operative. Google Fritchey, Castle and learn how Fritchey-Banks forced a zoning change that bulldozed a Chicago neighborhood.

And remember, State Representative John Fritchey tried to force a Lincoln Park zoning change last fall without community input, as cited in the Chicago Reader on 12/13/07. He bypassed this step, filing directly with the city a request to change the zoning of a lot on the 1400 block of West Lill. When Alderman Scott Waguespack found out, he had to call Banks, State Representative John Fritcheys uncle-in-law, to ask him to hold the request until it could be brought before a neighborhood group. Fritchey dismisses the matter as an oversight. Learn the truth about "State Representative John Fritchey"


#4 Jan 23, 2009
and we don't tar, feather and shoot these pond-scum why - exactly?
La Lakeview

Chicago, IL

#5 Jul 8, 2009
I wish the Trib would have researched even further back in time to the Ald. Bernie Hansen days in the 44th Ward. Have you seen the individually up-zoned condo-strosities on Sheffield Ave.?

United States

#6 Jul 10, 2009
One can't believe everything one reads, especially in blogs. But if these pols are as crooked as the evidence suggests, why do y'all keep voting them into office? Are they stealing the vote too, or is the electorate that dumb?

Kudos to the Chicago Tribune for shedding light on these shenanigans. Remind people again before the next elections.

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